Yaakov Dadon, father of murder victim Shelly Dadon, shot back at claims that laws to prevent the release of convicted terrorist killers would tie the hands of the IDF to rescue kidnapped soldiers.
Today will likely see the passage of the first readings of two bills designed to prevent terrorist murderers being released, as public anger and pressure continues to build over the phenomenon. Ironically, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni has been the most vocal opponent of the bills, claiming it would complicate future diplomatic initiatives with the Palestinian Authority.
"If the IDF needs to do all it can to free a [captive] soldier, then let them do all they can. The IDF is able to do many things, it could overturn Gaza - but [it should] not release murderers," Dadon, whose daughter was stabbed to death in a suspected terrorist attack near the northern city of Migdal Ha'emek, told Army Radio.
He recalled meeting a bereaved mother who had supported the release of more than 1,000 terrorists in the 2011 deal with Hamas to free captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit "and she is sorry today, because they are going out and killing soldiers and civilians."
Dadon was speaking the morning after a demonstration in Afula, during which roughly 2,000 people protested against terrorist releases and called for tougher measures against Arab terrorists. The simmering anger over her death boiled over after the rally, when a group of protesters hurled rocks at passing vehicles.
The release of convicted terrorists as part of prisoner exchange deals has always been a highly controversial issue, with many Israelis arguing it makes a mockery of their justice system and simply encourages further kidnappings.
But public opinion has soured even further at the prospect of prematurely releasing terrorists under any conditions, after the government's unprecedented move to free convicted terrorist murderers simply as a "goodwill gesture" to the PA triggered revulsion across the political spectrum.
The Dadon family completed the seven-day shiva mourning period for their daughter this morning, but Yaakov said he did not think he would ever get over her brutal murder.
"I will not manage to recover, I see my daughter slaughtered. Without two or three sleeping pills I cannot sleep," he told his interviewer.
He added that neither he nor any other family members had been made aware the circumstances of Shelly's death, as the hunt for her killers goes on.
"I sent her for a job interview. She was a very responsible girl, she only traveled on buses. This was the first time she left [her hometown of] Afula by herself.
"What happened between the central bus station in Migdal Ha'emek and the industrial area is a mystery to me," he said.